Woodworks and The Silvanus Trust, creating new jobs in the Cornish Countryside

With Objective One support of 100 000 over the next two years, the Silvanus Trust aims to help create up to 20 new long term jobs in forestry, woodland management and wood-using businesses. The Woodworks project will provide business support, training and mentoring to small businesses looking to expand and to entrepreneurs with a 'woody' business in mind. Woodworks will also explore new marketing opportunities and encourage new ways of working.

In Cornwall many woodlands are neglected and remote rural economies are in decline. The UK imports around 80% of its timber needs, the third largest import after food and cars. A more sustainable solution would resolve these issues by revitalising local woodland economies. Just such an approach is being undertaken by the Silvanus Trust, which aims to support and develop the growth of existing and new businesses in the forestry and wood-using sector by bringing back in to management currently undermanaged woodland resources.

The combination of economic, social and environmental priorities will help the Woodworks project and the Silvanus Trust to encourage sustainable enterprise and thriving rural communities, the prudent use of natural resources, and overcome rural social exclusion.

Interest in Woodworks is encouraging and the Trust has had great interest from potential participants. If you work in Cornwall, in wood or woods and need to expand your business, the Silvanus Trust would be delighted to hear from you. Equally, if you have a business idea of your own and require help to see it work, please call.

The Silvanus Trust
The National School
St Thomas Road, Launceston
Cornwall, PL15 8BU
Tel: 01566 775554
Fax: 01566 775100
Email: sarah@silvanus.demon.co.uk


Editors notes:

The Silvanus Trust is a registered charity that exists to develop viable and sustainable management of woodlands in the south west for the benefit of local communities, the beauty of the landscape and wildlife.

Contact: Sue Blacker (Director) on 01566 775554 or 07767 650119


Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388